Imperial College launches African seed fund for research and education

Imperial College, London

The Imperial College London has launched a new seed fund for research and education projects with partners in Africa. The Africa Strategic Research and Education Partnerships Fund aims to help kick-start new, innovative research and education projects between academics, researchers and students at Imperial, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) member universities.

According to Imperial’s Vice-President Professor Maggie Dallman, “This new Fund will strengthen links and increase the number of collaborations between Imperial academics and scientists across Africa."

The education funding stream will support the development of innovative, inclusive and impactful online learning opportunities for the future in 10 countries: Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.

It will also help academics and students visit a partner institute for up to two months to learn new techniques, analyse results and build stronger networks as well as support scientists with exploratory research, small-scale experiments or the development of prototypes.

Working with AIMS and ARUA, the fund will enable academics and students to develop exciting research ideas and new innovations in education that bring great benefits to society.

 Professor Wilfred Ndifon, Chief Scientific Officer at AIMS Global Network expressed his excitement at the academic and research opportunities that the Seed Fund will provide to students, academic staff and researchers at AIMS.

Interested applicants are invited to apply for either, Research or Online experiential education stream or a combination of both. There is a maximum of £10K available per project (including dual stream projects).

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Article by Jedidah Mwangi